On Thursday, February 1, 2024, the Supreme Court of Florida granted the uncontested petition for disciplinary revocation against attorney Michael Gary Stepakoff, disbarring him Stepakoff from the practice of law.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Michael Gary Stepakoff,” with case no. SC2023-1688.

According to the petition, which was filed on December 5, 2023, Stepakoff had been a member of The Florida Bar since 1990. He had received an admonishment in 1995 and a six-month suspension by the Supreme Court in 2006. The petition stated that federal misdemeanor charges were filed against Stepakoff in 2021 regarding his participation in the demonstration and entry into the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021. He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 12 months probation, fined $742, and ordered to pay $500 in restitution.

Stepakoff voluntarily submitted the petition with the knowledge that disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment. He agreed to reimburse any payouts from the Client Security Fund for claims resulting from his misconduct. Stepakoff also agreed to reimburse the Bar for costs incurred in his disciplinary cases, submit to an audit of any trust accounts, provide financial affidavits, and remove any references to his attorney status from his public presence and directories.

In its order, the Supreme Court granted the petition for disciplinary revocation, making the revocation effective immediately. The Court entered a judgment against Stepakoff requiring him to pay $1,418.10 in costs to the Bar. To seek readmission in the future, Stepakoff must fully comply with readmission rules and regulations. With the revocation, Stepakoff is no longer allowed to practice law in Florida.

The Disposition states:

“The uncontested petition for disciplinary revocation, as provided by Rule 3-7.12, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, with leave to seek readmission after five years, is granted subject to the continuing jurisdiction of this Court. See Florida Bar v. Ross, 732 So. 2d 1037, 1040-42 (Fla. 1998). Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Stepakoff was an attorney in Palm Harbor, Florida. He attended the Stetson University College of Law, graduating in 1990. He acquired his law license in Florida in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.